We just got back from camping over the fourth and it was an amazing, culturally diverse experience. We do mostly “fake” camping (where you pitch a tent by the car), and we spent the long weekend at a KOA on Lake Erie.
A Muslim family of 15 or so were across the street. The other side of the street had a large family gathering of Hispanics, and they should be legally required to invite me over for whatever is for dinner. There were a lot of African American and Indian families as well. Leaving about 50% white folk in two stereotypical versions — the WASP-y RV and fifth wheelers and the red neck tent and pop up folk (that’s us). And we were all jammed up together in the pool and bathroom and snack shack. And our kids all rode bikes together and mingled at the playground.
It was, undoubtedly, the most All American experience I’ve had in quite sometime. No matter what latest political brouhaha is frustrating you, you’ve got to hand it to us on the melting pot thing. We do it like no other country and in the moments like this weekend, when it works, it’s a beautiful thing.